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Northern Ireland Productivity Forum

Northern Ireland is home to 1.8 million people. Its traditional industrial economy, most notably in shipbuilding, rope manufacture and textiles, has largely been replaced by services and it is consistently one of the least productive regions of the UK. Its output per hour in 2018 was 15.6% below the UK average, third from bottom among the 12 UK regions.

Northern Ireland productivity scattergraphNorthern Ireland’s Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues

Find out more about the historic context, key issues and future research priorities of productivity in Northern Ireland in our insights paper, which sits alongside an executive summary: a high-level overview highlighting its productivity picture, including a scattergraph showing the disparities on a NUTS3 level in comparison with the UK average, the primary drivers and bottlenecks, a SWOT analysis and a look to the future.

Insights Paper
Executive Summary

Northern Ireland productivity scorecardProductivity Scorecards

The Institute’s Productivity Lab has developed a scorecard series, based on ITL1 level, to compare productivity performance across UK regions and devolved nations. It comprises five main regional productivity drivers, captured using 17 indicators.

Download scorecard


Key Contacts

Professor John Turner

Northern Ireland Forum Lead
Queen's University Belfast

Dame Rotha Johnston DBE

Northern Ireland Forum Chair

David Jordan

Northern Ireland Forum Contact
Queen's University Belfast


Ann Morgan

Retired Chief Executive

Ann Watt


Cara Haffey


Conor Lambe

Dankse Bank

David Watson

Senior Advisor, Ryobi Aluminium Casting Ltd. (Retired MD)

Esmond Birnie

Ulster University Business School

Graeme Wilkinson

Department for the Economy Northern Ireland

Graham Brownlow

Queen's University Belfast

John Healey

Allstate Northern Ireland

John Irwin


Julie McCandless

Queen's University Belfast

Lisa Wilson

Nevin Economic Research Institute

Louise Warde Hunter

Belfast Metropolitan College

Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Queen's University Belfast

Richard Ramsey

Ulster Bank

Clare Guinness

Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce

Stephen Kelly

Manufacturing Northern Ireland

Paul MacFlynn

Nevin Economic Research Institute


Comparing productivity performance across the UK using scorecard maps

Productivity Measurement Analysis series – insights from Q2, 2023

Does lower productivity outside London and the South East affect UK-wide performance?